The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has expressed its sadness following the death of 30 football fans in Calabar who were electrocuted while watching the Europa League quarter-final game between Manchester United and Anderlecht on Thursday night.
The 30 fans were killed as a result of an electric cable that fell on the viewing centre where they were watching the game.
“FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar & offer our deepest condolences to family & friends of the victims,” FIFA wrote on their verified Twitter handle on Friday.
FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar & offer our deepest condolences to family & friends of the victims
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) April 21, 2017
Earlier on Friday, Manchester United also commiserated with the families of the 30 dead fans.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports,Solomon Dalung has sympathised with government and people of Cross River State over the death of 30 football fans.
Dalung’s message is contained in a statement signed by his spokesperson Nneka Ikem-Anibeze in Abuja on Friday.
Dalung described the incident as horrific and a sad period for the state and football loving Nigerians.
“It is quite unfortunate that such a gory incident took place where youths usually gather to watch football.
“We all know the unifying strength of sports especially football irrespective of who is playing the game.
“We in the Ministry of Youth and Sports commiserate with the Government of Cross River state, especially the families of the dead on this colossal loss of young people.
“We pray that we never witness such occurrence again and for the repose of the souls of the dead. May God almighty console you at this time of grief”, Dalung said.